Trails to the Past

Iowa

Muscatine County

 

 

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Muscatine County was formed in December 1836 as a part of Wisconsin Territory, partitioned from Des Moines County, which had been organized two years previous. One history suggests that the county was named for Muscatine Island in the Mississippi River. The island lies opposite Muscatine County and was believed to be named after the Mascouten tribe, Algonquian-speaking Native Americans who lived in the area before being driven west by settler encroachment and other tribes.

Colonel George Davenport of Illinois sent three representatives into the territory in 1833 to establish a trade post. They were the first European Americans to settle there. In the same year, James W. Casey and John Vanatta came to the area. They opened a supply depot for steamboats on June 1, 1833, and named it Casey's Woodpile (since steamboats used wood as fuel). Muscatine County officially became a part of Iowa Territory on July 4, 1836, when Iowa Territory was established by partitioning off this area from Wisconsin Territory. The first public land sale was held in November 1838. One year later, officials began construction of the first courthouse and associated jail. A second jail, known as the "Old Jail", was built in 1857.

The first courthouse was destroyed by fire on December 23, 1864. By 1866 a new replacement stood at the same site. The present courthouse was built in the twentieth century, being first used on September 26, 1907.

On Line Data

Cities
    Atalissa
    Blue Grass
    Conesville
    Durant
    Fruitland
    Muscatine
    Nichols
    Stockton
    Walcott
    West Liberty
    Wilton
Unincorporated communities
    Ardon
    Cranston
    Fairport
    Hinkeyville
    Midway Beach
    Montpelier
    Moscow
    Petersburg
    Port Allen

Townships
    Bloomington
    Cedar
    Fruitland
    Fulton
    Goshen
    Lake
    Montpelier
    Moscow
    Orono
    Pike
    Seventy-Six
    Sweetland
    Wapsinonoc
    Wilton

Muscatine County Court House

Barclay Barn 1875

Adjacent counties
    Cedar County (north)
    Johnson County (northwest)
    Louisa County (south, southwest)
    Rock Island County, Illinois (east), across the Mississippi River
    Scott County (northeast)

 

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